Perse cricketers are all out for charity batting challenge
12 May 2020
Three Perse cricketers are aiming to be big hitters when they take part in a charity bat-athon to raise money for the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund.
Year 7 pupils Ash Goel, Luke Hogan and Teddie Clifton will join their Cambs U12 cricket team-mates in a 12-hour batting marathon on Saturday (16 May) in aid of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) appeal, which offers local community organisations emergency funding to help with issues arising from Covid-19 affecting the elderly and other vulnerable people.
Each player in the 18-strong squad will take turns to bat in 30-minute to one-hour slots, facing bowling from family members in their gardens.
The idea for the team’s charity challenge came from Ash’s father Vikas, who was inspired after hearing about a Cambridgeshire girl who was doing sponsored keepie-uppies to raise money for key workers.
With the side unable to play so far this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ash, who also plays for Little Shelford, said: “My dad thought this would allow the county team to have some virtual engagement and also help to raise money for charity during these difficult times. This is a Cambridgeshire fund helping local charities and as we represent Cambridgeshire for cricket, we thought this was the right charity to support.”
The squad has been keeping in contact via twice-weekly conference calls with each player running a virtual training session. Teddie, who also plays for Saffron Walden, felt the batting marathon had given them something to focus on in the absence of matches, with the team even making a teaser film to promote their bat-athon.
He said: “We all thought it was a great idea. It is a very important cause because any money we raise will be helping those in our local community who have been seriously affected during the coronavirus outbreak. Whether it’s the elderly, the most vulnerable or those having to visit food banks, this charity is there to help any Cambs community groups.
“I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully it will be sunny, but nothing will stop me batting!”
The team had originally hoped to raise £1,000 for the CCF’s fund, but have already surpassed their target with more than £1,300 being made so far.
Luke, who also plays for Burwell & Exning, was delighted at the backing the team had received. He added: “It would be great if we could get a few more donations in before we start so we can support this worthy cause even more. We’re really looking forward to the challenge and it will be really nice to whack a few balls!”
To help Ash, Luke and Teddie in their fundraising appeal, click here.